Nicaragua: Democratic economic governance in the Water and Sanitation sector in the RAAN and RAAS
Less than 20% of people living in Nicaragua's Northern and Southern Autonomous Administrative Regions, home to many indigenous communities, have access to drinking water and adequate sanitation. The goal of the Joint Programme is to increase sustainable access to water and sanitation for poor population groups by strengthening democratic economic governance in the water and sanitation sector.
It is achieving this objective by increasing participation and coordination between social and institutional actors, and by strengthening institutional frameworks and investment in infrastructure.
The Programme aims to: (i) empower communities; (ii) reduce capacity gaps and support local management; (iii) improve quality of and access to services; (iv) support institutional, legal and regulatory revision processes. It works at the community, municipal (eight priority municipalities and three urban areas), regional and national level.
JOINT PROGRAMME QUICK FACTS
- Development of national policies related to the water sector, like the National Water Resources Policy and the improved National Water Fund.
- Involvement of community leaders in municipal strategic planning and the development of Municipal Action and Investment Plans for Water and Sanitation.
- Establishment of an "entrepreneurial builders" training program in which 70 young men and women from local communities will be trained and certified in construction and plumbing.
*as of June 2012 programme reporting period